Social Innovation Fund

Request for Proposals

2015 SIF Classic

Social Innovation Fund logo

LISC is accepting proposals from community-based organizations interested in implementing contextualized bridge programs and integrated employment, financial, and income supports services under the Bridges to Career Opportunities program model. In 2015, LISC received an intermediary grant from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) to scale up this promising economic opportunity strategy through subgrants to high-quality nonprofits in 12 cities/regions.

The subgrant competition is open to organizations in the following geographic areas: Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Duluth, MN; Greater Cincinnati, OH (including Newport, Kentucky); Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Philadelphia, PA; Providence and Woonsocket, RI; San Diego, CA; and Uniontown, PA. The minimum subgrant request is $100,000 per year, and LISC expects that grant awards will average $175,000 per year; prospective applicants should note that per the requirements of the SIF, subgrantees must provide a 1:1 cash match (of non-federal funds) for their award.

Please refer to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for detailed eligibility criteria and guidelines for submitting proposals. All proposal responses are due to the local LISC office identified in the RFP by Friday, October 23rd at 4:00pm local time.


Introduction to the RFP and FAQs

The proposal scoring rubric includes two bonus points for organizations that are located in one of LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) neighborhoods or are proposing to serve residents of BSC neighborhoods. Access the list of BSC neighborhoods within the SIF subgrant geographies.

Please e-mail with general questions about the RFP. LISC will compile a Frequently Asked Questions document and post it on this page, with updates on a weekly basis from now until the RFP deadline.

Technical Assistance and Resources

The following is a list of informational resources about the core components of LISC’s Bridges to Career Opportunities model, including integrated service delivery, contextualized bridge programming, career pathways, and industry-recognized credentials.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these resources; however, LISC does not endorse any specific organization or program described in the documents and websites below. The material is intended to offer general information on best practices that may be relevant to Bridges to Career Opportunities and helpful to applicants in thinking through their program design. Above all, applicants should make sure that their proposed program conforms to the minimum eligibility criteria and Bridges to Career Opportunities required core program elements detailed in the RFP.

Bridge Programming & Career Pathways

Integrated Service Delivery (ISD)